The Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Stanton Moor, Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave, Derbyshire DE4 2LS

One of around seventy prehistoric standing stones on Stanton Moor, this early-Bronze-Age stone circle is supposed to depict nine naughty ladies, who were turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday – though interestingly it's actually made up of ten stones, rather than nine; one was discovered until 1977, but the name stuck anyway.  You can do a short but lovely walk there from the nearby village of Birchover – around 3 miles in all – taking is some of the best of Stanton Moor itself , with its expansive views, slopes of bracken and heather, the odd bit of woodland – and of course those ancient stones, one of whcih wa smentioned by Dickes in the Pickwick Papers.

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